ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is quick to praise modern medicine, especially when it comes to the recovery process for one of his key players.
Harbaugh said Thursday morning on Detroit’s WXYT 97.1 that cornerback Jeremy Clark, who was injured in the second half of Saturday’s 49-10 win over Penn State, will have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee in “about a week and a half.”
No. 4 Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) hosts No. 8 Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Harbaugh credited team doctors Bruce Miller and Asheesh Bedi, as well as the health care professionals at Michigan, for their roles in helping players recover from injuries. Michigan hasn’t been immune to ACL tears — at one point, from August 2012 to March 2014, the Wolverines had eight players sustain ACL tears, including defensive lineman Chris Wormley (August 2012) and tight end Jake Butt (winter 2014).
“Every day is going to be a healing day for him,” Harbaugh said of Clark. “He may not even feel injured in two months, and it should be nine months before he plays again.”
Clark had 10 tackles and three pass breakups in Michigan’s first four games. Harbaugh said earlier this week that Michigan will explore applying for a medical hardship waiver for Clark, a fifth-year senior.
“We’re all going to be clients of the health care system at some point, so we’re really glad,” Harbaugh said. “The medicine has gotten so good and the orthopedics so good. We’re really blessed to have this at the U.”